It is finally here! I can finally share a little with you. We are starting a month long celebration at Freshly Made Sketches. For eight years, this challenge has been a part of the crafting landscape and has provided inspiration for so many stampers. I remember being so excited about a sketch challenge for clean stampers! It was like my name was on it! I played along in sketch 1 and found a home shortly after. How lucky I am to be a part of this team!!
This is actually my third time using the sketch since it was both Sketch #1 and Sketch #100. It doesn’t get old! Today I thought it would be fun to make a Christmas card using my favorite snowman from Honey Bee Stamps. Let It Snow remains a go-to stamp set for me!! I found this retired patterned paper in my stash (SU) and did some super quick Copic touches to the snowman. The snowflakes worked great for the sketch too!
I hope you will join us this week and all month as we celebrate eight years of fun! Thanks for stopping in today. See you soon!
It was no surprise that last week’s gallery at Freshly Made Sketches was particularly fantastic…a Design Team Call certainly brings out everyone’s best! And we are at it again for this week’s sketch too. And oh what a great one it is!
The incredible Karren Johnson created this one and it has tons of potential for creativity. I saw the layered rectangles and immediately thought of this great cover panel from Reverse Confetti (Striped Frame). I cut it from white card stock. With the little rectangle in the middle, I added distress ink using the Life Changing Blender Brushes. Even on regular card stock, these really do make blending SOOO much easier!
I stamped the snowman from Let It Snow (Honey Bee Stamps), some snowflakes and the sentiment all in Hybrid Ink. Then I added a little bit of Copic coloring to the snowman. I hand cut the words and then added all the elements using foam tape. There is something about this fellow and his snowflakes that makes me happy every time I pull him out. Maybe it is the easy coloring but I’m pretty sure it is the simple joy he has in throwing the snow around. It always looks like he is creating a magical scene to me.
Well, I hope you enjoy this one. I’m back on Friday with the latest from Picket Fence Studios. They are having a small December release that you will love. Also…if you missed it…hop over to their Instagram page for a chance to win the entire release for you AND a friend! YES! Go…right now….ok, go after you go to FMS to check out all the details for the sketch. Hope you have a great day and I’ll see you soon!
I’m so happy to share this fun Christmas card with you today! I know it is hard for me to really think about holiday stuff right now but let’s face it, if I don’t start with the cards now, I’ll never get them done. I loved Amy’s adorable sketch this week from Freshly Made Sketches. Her little trio allows for so many options!
I chose this cute little snowman from Let It Snow by Honey Bee Stamps. I love this stamp set and all its fabulous sentiments. I stamped the snowman and flakes with Momento Tuxedo Black ink. I added the line on the bottom of the snowman for coloring purposes using a Copic Multiliner. Some quick coloring with my Copics was all he needed. I cut him and his flakes out using the coordinating Let It Snow Dies and then stamped the sentiment from the same set onto white card stock. I used some striped paper from my stash to finish the sketch. I love this one!
I’ll be back on Friday with a post for Picket Fence Studios. Until then, I’m out flying around so look for me if you are traveling! The summer flying has been a bit crazy with all the weather. If you are out and about…pack your patience (and chocolate for the flight attendants never hurts!). Until next time, have a great week.
Well, I’m moving along on my holiday cards and even though I have some that are “mass producible”, I still mostly love when I have time to make a one of a kind card. I took the opportunity of being the sketch hostess at Freshly Made Sketches as the excuse to take some watercoloring time for myself.
Before I get to the card, a little personal info. Over the last 3 months I have been on a leave of absence from United Airlines. Yesterday, it was back to reality. I went out to Denver to our training center to get re-qualified in the simulator. Fortunately, being on the same fleet (Airbus 319/320) for almost a decade allows me to not stress the simulators too much after time off. The reason for the time off?? My husband has been deployed since the end of July. For security reasons, I simply don’t discuss these things here or in social media but since he comes home this week I felt like I could share. The boys and I are really happy to get him home!! In the time he was gone: one boy started middle school and the other high school, the oldest has grown 3 inches (!!), they both completed full travel soccer seasons, I stayed sane. *smile* United Airlines has no reason to have to help me under these circumstances but when I put in my leave request (and the reasons) I got an approval in about 3 days. This is REAL military family support and I am very, very grateful to them for that. As much as I love flying, I love being a mom more and this time with the boys has been really important to our family. So while I am transitioning to getting back to work, this also means that we are almost done with the deployment! YAY!!!
Now on to the card. I guess the above explains a little more of why I was savoring some watercolor time. I fell in love with this Let It Snow stamp set and coordinating dies from Honey Bee Stamps and simply had to use it as soon as possible. In truth, I chose my sketch to accommodate coloring a scene. I stamped this adorable snowman and then watercolored with my Winsor and Newton paints (along with some Daniel Smith colors too). I thought it would be fun to make this guy look like he was creating winter magic. The sentiment die and stamp are from the matching set and I love how the ‘Christmas’ layers. I put it all on an Island Indigo card base to emphasize the little bit of blue on our snowy friend.
I hope you love this sketch and will have a few moments to play along this week. I also want to take a moment to thank my dear friends for all their support during this long 4-1/2 months. I have an incredibly great village (both local friends and stamping friends) who make all of this possible. I am blessed and very grateful! Back on Friday for a fun hop. Until then, have a great day!
Supplies (affiliate links included):
Stamp: Let It Snow (Honey Bee Stamps); Paper: Strathmore Bristol, Basic Black (SU), Island Indigo (SU); Ink: Versafine Onyx Black; Accessories: Misti, Big Shot, Let It Snow Dies (Honey Bee Stamps), Winsor and Newton Watercolors, Daniel Smith Dot Palette Debby Hughes Edition
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